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Old School NES Games That Prepared Me for Fatherhood

Fathers pull their inspiration from weird places. Some of them pull it out of their own father’s teachings. Some of them pull it out of necessity and learn on the fly. But what indisputably prepares you for fatherhood the most is video games. Old NES games, specifically. Look, that console had two... 
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10 Discontinued Junk Foods That My Son Will Never Get the Chance to Eat

Some things are too good (or too bad) to keep around forever. This is especially true in the world of junk food, where brands constantly crank out products based on market trends and flimsy pop culture references. My son will never eat some of the junk food I had when I was younger. I certainly won’t... 
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25 Reasons Kids Should Be Left Alone With Their Dads

Making fun of dads because they are “pretty much just giant children” is soooooooo 2011. Maybe y’all ain’t heard, but dads are getting all sorts of respect lately – not because they’re doing anything different, but because – ugh - who didn’t want to... 
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9 Tips for Taking Your Kid to Their First Comic-Con

I am a comic book geek and so is my seven-year-old daughter. Before we start pointing fingers, let me just say that I blame myself for her condition. When you raise a child in a house filled with comic books, where the living room bookcase has Two-Face book-ends and your art supplies are kept in Hellboy... 
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Observations on Dad-Bias in 140 Commercials from 2013

I’ve been calling out dad-bias in commercials for years now, and really wanted to put the nail in the coffin. So I watched, noted and rated 140 commercials in 2013 that featured fathers as main characters. And if I was looking for a fight…man, I couldn’t have done it at a worse time.... 
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In this week’s episode we dig into the entertainment industry in all of it’s flaws and glory.

We mentioned these:

‘Simpsons’ Co-Creator Dies at 59 (Variety)
Sir Terry Pratchett, renowned fantasy author, dies aged 66 (BBC)
Leonard Nimoy: The Transformers Wiki (Wikia)
World War Z Audiobook (Random House)
Mistletoe drone attacks photographer at TGI Friday’s (NY Post)
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Another Woman Busted Doing Sex Shows in a Library (Complex)
Police Academy Blue Oyster “Salad” Bar (YouTube)
AIDS Was Hilarious to the Reagan White House, Press Corps (New York Magazine, also see Buzzfeed)
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Jason Lee Will Also Return for ‘Mallrats 2′ (/Film)
KROQ Kevin & Bean Podcast 3/5/15 – Jay Mohr, Kevin Smith… (Radio)

(We talked about a lot of actors and movies, and we’re totally not linking to EVERY SINGLE ONE. #sorrynotsorry)


AthleTitti Success

This ROFLWTF moment is brought to you by Atsushi Shiraishi at the Tama Art University. When you’re a father, you want to be your child’s everything, and what better way to do that than by being your child’s EVERY-F***ING-THING?

That’s why the AthleTitti makes so much sense, even if you can’t say the name without giggling to yourself like a schoolboy. This rope, leather and steel vest provides your child with hand-and-footholds to rival even the finest play equipment at the park. Just know: you will get kicked in the johnson.


Samsung Gear VR

Our modern connectivity is a marvelous thing, and never more marvelous than when it’s connecting a father with his child.

And BTW, if you don’t want your noodle baked, then stop reading. Things are about to get cranked up to 11 on the future scale.

How crazy could connectivity get, right? How about a dad watching his baby’s birth through a VR headset? How about dads feeling their unborn children kicking through a smartwatch?



Episode 056: 8BitDad vs Dad 2.0
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In this week’s episode we get into extended family life, the Dad 2.0. Summit, and poop. We actually talked a lot about poop. Like, a lot. A whole lot. And just when you think that we’re done talking about it, we talk about it again.


Dad Used the Changing Table

Every father has that “aha” moment. It’s not a great one, but it binds fathers rich and poor, in big and small cities across the country: the moment of “aha – there is no diaper changing station in the men’s room.”

This is usually followed by the second “aha” moment: “aha – I’ve got to change my baby on the floor of a bathroom stall.”

Dad blogger Scotty Schrier has a solution in the form of an interactive map of dad-friendly local changing stations at Dads Who Change Diapers. You can help other dads by adding a location to Scotty’s map when you find a changing station in the wild. And please do, because crowd-sourced stuff like this needs all the help it can get.


Allele-Specific Gene Expression

Sure, you get half of your genes from your mother and half from your father, but science may have just found that dad’s genetic goo is responsible for more than mom’s, at least in matters of health.

Researchers at the University of North Carolina, School of Medicine did the study on mice, and was the first study to indicate that suggest that mammals are more similar to their fathers than their mothers.

It’s called “allele-specific gene expression”, and it’s crazy wafers.


Amazon Family

Fathers have only recently felt included in public conversations about parenthood. And while products and services have also made moves to include fathers in their branding, one is still behind the times: Amazon Mom.

The Amazon Mom service focuses on the obvious: prenatal, baby and toddler products, including discount subscriptions to diapers and wipes. But with the rise in involved fathers from across the spectrum, stay-at-home dads, work-at-home dads, gay dads and even just dads that do the family’s shopping want to know if Amazon acknowledges dad as part of the family, and have taken to Twitter with the hashtag #AmazonFamilyUS to make a point.

And thus far, Amazon has ignored it.


Dad 2.0 Collage

I walked over-encumbered, bags slung over both shoulders, into the lobby of the Park Central San Francisco Hotel. I’d been driving all day, and frankly, wasn’t in the mood to talk about men, fathers and families. I wasn’t ready to talk about dads in the workplace. I was ready to lay on a bed and zone out.

Then I saw fellow blogger, friend and my cohost for Nerds, Geeks, Dads, Art Eddy. I’d known him for four years and only met him face-to-face once in New York for a 2012 roundtable on fatherhood with former NFL quarterback, Doug Flutie. I remembered how great it was meeting other bloggers on that trip. How, despite the fact that a former pro quarterback stood among us, we formed circles and talked to the other bloggers – our real role models – a bunch of dads whose successes aren’t counted in touchdowns, but in hugs and kisses from our kids.

Flashforward to Friday night of the Dad 2.0 Summit, where Art Eddy, Ryan E. Hamilton, Patrick Quinn (Life of Dad), Jeff Bogle (Out With the Kids), Chris Routly (Daddy Doctrines), Lorne Jaffe (Raising Sienna) and I trounced each other in Mortal Kombat running on a laptop hooked up to the hotel room TV.

It’s fairly safe to say that my first Dad 2.0 Summit was kind of a big deal for me.